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McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive

Sunday 18 Aug 2002


This week we are reviewing another classic biscuit. There can be few biscuits which garner such respect as the McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive. Referred to by most, as simply 'Chocolate biscuits', they provide a figurehead for the entire chocolate biscuit world.

Due in no small part to the quality of its chocolate-less brethren the digestive, upon which it is based, McVities simply outclass all other contenders. The distinctive horisontal and vertical patterning in the chocolate also distinguish the McVities from other lesser biscuits. The quantity of chocolate used shows thoughtful restraint, resulting in a harmonious balance of biscuit and chocolate. This is good to see in these times when a an almost vulgar over use of chocolate is the resort of less talented biscuit manufactures.

Once again in the McVities rebranding fiasco they have not escaped entirely unscathed. Gone now is the 'Homewheat' brand, which so evocatively conjured images of nice sit downs, tea and chocolate biccies. I 'm glad to report, however, that the review biscuits came from a conventional packet, a 600g big value pack at that, rather than the canisters that they can also be obtained in.

So if you are ever worried about which biscuits to serve for any particular occasion, simply choose the McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive. You won't go wrong.

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Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch

Sunday 11 Aug 2002


This week on NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown we are highlighting the plight of the biscuit tin and the role it plays in todays society. If ever there was a biscuit in need of a tin then the Fox's butter crinkle crunch is it.

Foxes have used all of their biscuit know how to push sugar up to ingredient number two, with wheat flour coming in first place, and butter in third. The resulting biscuit does not dissapoint, having an almost butter toffee flavour and a lovely crisp crunch. The biscuits also have pleasing little crevices over their surface, However, leave a packet opened and unsealed, the next day you'll have something closer to a stack of little round damp dishclothes.

Fox's are well aware of this vulnerability and have printed the following advisory message on the packet "To retain freshness, once opened, biscuits should be kept in an airtight container". Sound and authorative advice indeed. They could have equally written, "Either scoff these all down in one go, or bung them in a tin to stop them going all crap".

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Lyons Fruit Snap Jacks

Sunday 4 Aug 2002


Today I'm joined by biscuit enthusiast Andrew who helped out in the Fig Fest. Andrew has been eating biscuits for roughly 35 years but only considers his last six months to be in a professional capacity. Through out this review I'll be drinking Tetley tea (round tea bag) and Andrew will be drinking a very big and milky cup of Earl Grey.

Its been a while since we reviewed an Oat based biscuit and so it was some glee that I found a packet of Lyons Fruit Snap Jacks. Make no mistake this is an Oat based biscuit and should not be approached in casual fashion, as it requires some eating due to the amount of dietry fibre in it. Andrew comments "It's not a session biscuit". The 5% fruit in this biscuit proved a bit elusive with much of it sinking to the bottom, and the average biscuit showing only a single current on its top surface. We both felt that some more fruit would have helped distinguish this biscuit. The taste is also a good deal less sweet than the McVities HobNob or Abbey Crunch, and the biscuit texture is also much crunchier than the HobNob.

So all in all in all this is a satisfying biscuit, and probably a good choice for a tea break when doing any serious manual labour like digging up tree roots, or dragging blocks of stone along the ground to form giant neolithic stone temples like those at Carnac or Stone Henge.